Call for Hosting the IAC in 2020


Each year the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) – in collaboration with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) – organises the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The IAC is held in different countries of the world with an IAF member organisation serving as its host. In recent years the event attracted more than 3500 participants including up to 2000 full paying participants, retired participants and press representatives as well as approximately 800 students and young professionals.



The schedule for the selection of the site of the 71st IAC is as follows:

  • Announcement of Call for Proposals
8 November 2016
  • Deadline for notices of intent to submit proposals
28 February 2017
  • Deadline for submission of proposals
28 April 2017
  • Selection of finalist candidates (if applicable)
30 June 2017
  • Site Inspections
July – August 2017
  • Deadline for submission of updated proposals from the candidates
8 September 2017
  • Finalist presentations: during the 68th IAC in Adelaide, Australia
25 – 29 Sept. 2017
  • Selection of the Host by the IAF General Assembly
29 September 2017


The IAF has received one bid for hosting IAC 2020 in Dubai, UAE by the Mohamed bin Rashid Space Center MBRSC the 28 April 2017.


Note: The IAF may – at its discretion – modify the above schedule and notify the concerned organisations of the schedule changes.

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